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cool review! makes me want to try new givenchy gentleman if they actually carry it at givenchy counters in my country. (they don't) but maybe i'll pick one up abroad..
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Figured I have to wear something from the mother load, so Chanel Cristalle today.

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Overall, Thomas, I'm thinking of you... as the scent is sort of like what a man who loves Yatigan might buy for his wife. OR, a man who loves yatigan might decide to wear when he wants something less spicey. Sort of "Yatagan d'un Eté."

Definitely worth trying, but (usually) given the cost of Chanel frags, even online or at discount, I can't recomend it. I got this 100ml bottle for a song, so it's worth it... but I'd not spend anything more than $30 for a bottle.

funny enough, Mrs. T goes for the lighter fruity/floral scents, which I quickly understood and continuously hew to after a disastrous try to get her wearing Cabochard. Her current bottle is Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, which matches their advertising motif.
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^Thanks!

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First, one of the things that any "long term" fragrance fan will tell you is that you very quickly have to learn to take just about everything other fragrance fans tell you with a grain of salt. Perhaps it is something inherent to the evocative nature of scent itself, but almost without fail the longer distance between a positive scent experience and its failure to reoccur (for whatever reason, but in this case mostly because the scent gets discontinued) causes that experience to be aggrandized unrelated to the ACTUAL quality of the experience itself.

What this means is that in only two of the perhaps twenty times in which I've encountered a discontinued or vintage fragrance that was DROOLED over or lusted after on fragrance forums, has it been anything but a disappointment, a feeling of wasted time, or just plain "meh."

Not that I didn't "like" the scents; often I did. BUT, hearing people talk about how "wondrous" they were, how amazing the past was compared to the drivel produced today, etc etc etc made the whole thing sound great. Going through the effort to locate a bottle, often at great time and or expense, and I went, "this is IT?" I would rather have just put the money down on a scent available I knew I'd like.

Giorgio Red for men, Havana, Yohji Pour Homme, Guerlain Derby, Nicole Miller for Men, Jil Sander Feeling Man, Chanel Bois Noir (sacrilege!) just to name a few. While some of these have been rereleased, keep in mind that in 2005 or so, people were paying $200-300 for Red or Havana. They are good scents, but they are NOT that great, and almost without fail there is a currently available "substitute" that is just as good, or better.
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^^ truth. Although I've never tried Bois Noir, but Egoiste is plenty good enough.

Speaking of Chanel, today is another day of vintage Antaeus.
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Bal a Versailles vintage edp.
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^^ truth. Although I've never tried Bois Noir, but Egoiste is plenty good enough.

Speaking of Chanel, today is another day of vintage Antaeus.

It's sacrilege and there are MANY on Bnotes and elsewhere who would have me shot for saying it... but my impression on the one time I got to try Bois Noir, nervous with anticipation having heard so much... was.... DRUMROLL.... DRUMROLL...


...kinda like... Egoiste. (haha) Which, basically it was. I mean, it was a "good" Egoiste, sort of a niche Egoiste. It has some little differences, but sort of like how an Infinity M-whatever is called a Nissan "Fuga" in japan. Same car, same engine, but the Infiniti has a nicer paint job and leather seats.

There are wonderful scents out there these days, though getting harder to find thanks to market saturation (discussed on the last page), changing legal restrictions, and many brand simply cutting down on quality (checked the prices lately on Rose Absolu?) to save costs. That's what i get from Givenchy Gentleman... one just feels "cheaper," though still good.

Today the vintage Chanel Coco. I really like this one, though it's quite "feminine," even for me (who wears scents blindly.) It's a very dark, lovely floriental, and not good for warm weather like today. BUT, I have always enjoyed it, and find the balance quite nice. SO, alas.
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It's sacrilege and there are MANY on Bnotes and elsewhere who would have me shot for saying it... but my impression on the one time I got to try Bois Noir, nervous with anticipation having heard so much... was.... DRUMROLL.... DRUMROLL...


...kinda like... Egoiste. (haha) Which, basically it was. I mean, it was a "good" Egoiste, sort of a niche Egoiste. It has some little differences, but sort of like how an Infinity M-whatever is called a Nissan "Fuga" in japan. Same car, same engine, but the Infiniti has a nicer paint job and leather seats.

There are wonderful scents out there these days, though getting harder to find thanks to market saturation (discussed on the last page), changing legal restrictions, and many brand simply cutting down on quality (checked the prices lately on Rose Absolu?) to save costs. That's what i get from Givenchy Gentleman... one just feels "cheaper," though still good.

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Ah, one more thing to cross off the ol' bucket list (Bois Noir). Thanks Rach!
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a few drops of Clive Christianson X on my chest - smells rich and offensive, maybe like Tom Ford for men Extreme? I raped a bottle at the dept store into a decant container and made up a few vials for the swap box. Just to stick it to 'em for trying to build a brand on price (CC "the most expensive perfume in the world". puleez, go fuk yourself Clive).

And then I doused myself in some Iso-E (diluted) to see if it might solicit comments and phone numbers... no luck shog[1].gif
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Eau d'Hermes! I just got it this weekend. I have gotten many samples and have been trying to find a sale or gift box with all that I wanted for a while now. Well, fragrances never seem to go on sale. However, I dropped into a fragrance store at the outlet mall that had a gift set with the 3.4 ml cologne, a small travel size cologne, a shower gel, and after shave balm for $64, so I jumped on it. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Hermes Pamplemousse Rose EDC - I really enjoy the scent of this one but the lack of longevity keeps it from being bottle worthy. Lovely summertime fragrance, though.
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kiehl's musk. received a compliment from a female co-worker smile.gif the moment i walked by, she said, 'oh my god someone smells really good!' to which i asked, 'is it this?!' and i shoved my arm in her face.

she replied with a resounding 'yes!'

lol tried to make it sound dramatic.
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^

I was trying out the frags at Kiehl's today.

Did you get the oil or the EDT?

And has anyone tried the Pour Homme there either?

SAs told me that the line was being discontinued. Only things remaining would be the EDTs.
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I got the EDT.
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Thanks. Going to go back and see what stock they have left. Too bad it's getting discontinued.
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I got the EDT.

This is now on my "to test" list on Basenotes.

Where can you get it? What are typical prices? I really love almost anything with Tonka and Patchouli so pretty excited to try this one.
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Do you gentlemen know of any fragrances that meet the below description? A Biblical scent would be rather apt for my Sunday outings.

 

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And I have covered it with perfume made of myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Provervs 7:17

 

 

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Lots of good stuff going on in SOTD today. Kiehls... good stuff. Eau d'hermes... of course I'm a fan.

King Solomon: sounds like you need an incense scent, something ala Passage d'enfer (L'artisan Parfumeur), Lorrenzo Villoresi Incensi, or Profumum Santalum (which isn't really an incense scent, but has both myrrh and cinnamon... and sandalwood.)

If you want something sweeter, cinammon and fruits are part of something like Dior Dolce Vita, or sandalwood and jasmine is absolute over-abundance/super-saturation in Guerlain Samsara. Both of these are considered more 'feminine,' but you were asking more for a scent based around a scripture than a gender. wink.gif

Speaking of... I'll wear Samsara Parfum today. WAY too hot and humid for it, but I feel like knocking down some old ladies on the train today with my fog of stink. For those interested in how concentrations differ, the EdT of Samsara feels obviously "light," the jasmine and florals are at the fore. With the EdP, the sandalwood comes through more with muted florals. The parfum is a very dry, very rich sandalwood with an almost "wet" jasmine coming through. It creates a unique experience, a dry wood with a wet floral. Quite heavy and sweet, but not cloying. ALMOST a Lutens-esque syrup, but balanced well enough it doesn't feel like "too much." (perhaps not surprising, then, that many compare Lutens Santal de Mysore to the higher concentrations of Samsara.)

While the Edt feels decidedly feminine, the EdP, and especially parfum, definitely feel more unisex.

Would never, ever consider purchasing a bottle at retail (I think the parfum is nearly $200-300 now), but it's worth trying if you find it cheap or somebody gives it to you. I paid around $11 for mine, so obviously it's worth it. It's one of the most full-out sandalwoods on the market... most sandalwoods change character when blended with others... this one gives you a clear sense of what a natural sandalwood smells like.
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